Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
People often assume that businesses must be somehow at odds with other businesses, with labor, with government, with their community and even with nature. Alas, such an indictment has some basis in history, if we were to observe the way that many companies have comported themselves over the years. But I believe that we as humans have crossed a line and a new model has triumphantly emerged.
Today we see more and more entrepreneurs doing business sustainably, scalably, with integrity, and with the greater good in mind and at heart. I call it life-sustaining entrepreneurship. Life-sustaining entrepreneurship is not merely about the amoral transacting of trade. It is about the ongoing creation of businesses that embrace sacred principles and spiritual foundations. Not just for life in general, but explicitly in the realm of commerce.
It’s not about preaching religion at the office or placing iconography around the store. It’s about the principles that inform how we choose to conduct our business affairs.
No one does it flawlessly. While I wish I could say otherwise, I don’t do it flawlessly. I have some blemishes on my record. But I am not the collection of my flaws and blemishes, and neither are you. Past performance does not guarantee future results. We usually hear this as a warning about investments that have done well in the past. The future is not guaranteed. We have an obligation to keep delivering tomorrow regardless of our track record.
It is the opposite scenario that is the most powerful however. If you have made mistakes in the past, shown poor judgment, or even harbored bad intent, it doesn’t have to spill into the here and now. In fact, it can only do so if you bring it into the present. It doesn’t show up by itself.
– Kenneth Vogt